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Belgian moving to Krakow, need practical info


dxx 12 | 108  
24 Jul 2008 /  #1
Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I am 26 yrs old and will move to Krakow in September this year. I used to work in Ireland and am now working & living back in Belgium for 2 years, but I want this feeling of "adventure" again, so I decided to take up a job in Krakow. Is there any advice you can give me? Like should I bring a car, are flats furnished and easy to find, is Krakow a nice place to live, which are the best areas to go live etc...

Basicaly any practical info would be more then welcome :)

Thanks in advance!
krysia 23 | 3,057  
24 Jul 2008 /  #2
You can bring your car but it might get stolen. Even if you lock the doors, and take the steering wheel out. And the way some people drive it might get smashed. So if you value your car, I would leave it at home and rent one, if you can afford it, or use the public transportation, which is very good.
polishgirltx  
24 Jul 2008 /  #3
Krakow

great choice!!

should I bring a car

nah, tramwaj and bus will do the work...

are flats furnished and easy to find

some of them yes, and yes...

is Krakow a nice place to live

very nice!!!!

which are the best areas to go live etc...

Śródmieście, Krowodrza...

welcome and have fun...

You can bring your car but it might get stolen. Even if you lock the doors, and take the steering wheel out.

omg...krysia...
krysia 23 | 3,057  
24 Jul 2008 /  #4
omg...krysia...

I'm serious. My friends in Kraków bought a brand new Fiat 126p. They had it parked in front of their apartment. One night it got stolen and my friend has to go to work, and can't find his car anywhere. This is true. I have another friend who is a taxi driver in warsaw. He tells me all kinds of stories how cars get stolen. Even his own Syrena got swiped away one night!
polishgirltx  
24 Jul 2008 /  #5
cars get stolen.

krysia, cars get stolen everywhere...
miranda  
24 Jul 2008 /  #6
I'm serious. My friends in Kraków bought a brand new Fiat 126p. They had it parked in front of their apartment. One night it got stolen and my friend has to go to work, and can't find his car anywhere. This is true. I have another friend who is a taxi driver in warsaw. He tells me all kinds of stories how cars get stolen. Even his own Syrena got swiped away one night!

that was 20 years ago judging by the car make. LOL
krysia 23 | 3,057  
24 Jul 2008 /  #7
True.
My friend's radio just got stolen a few months ago. Some black guys moved in the neighborhood and they go after radios.
I wish someone would steal my car, it's 10 years old.
polishgirltx  
24 Jul 2008 /  #8
I wish someone would steal my car

you got it....
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #9
Śródmieście, Krowodrza...

welcome and have fun...

Thanks! I would be going to work for IBM so would prefer to live in the neighbourhood there!

So I'll sell my car and buy a fiat 126p instead? ;-)
davidpeake 14 | 451  
25 Jul 2008 /  #10
a cheap fiat, with a worked motor so it goes faster than walking pace would be good.
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #11
I currently have a Volkswagen bora sportline from 2005, so best not to take that one? Maybe I could sell it here, buy an older volkswagen golf and take it, or something like that...

Also, can I drive with Belgian plates there?
zion 16 | 168  
25 Jul 2008 /  #12
Thanks! I would be going to work for IBM

bad job
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #13
bad job

Why is that?
zion 16 | 168  
25 Jul 2008 /  #14
the pay is crap

and the hours are long
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Jul 2008 /  #15
Hello dxx
And welcome to Polish Forum.
Krakow is a great city, you will love it.
1. Krakow is a university city, a huge amount of students, therefore I strongly recommend getting sorted with an apartment before September or else you could find it difficult to get a flat especially a nice one that is handy for going to work.

2. My advice is to take what you read about Poland with a pinch of salt (especially if the poster does not live here) things have changed dramatically, you can easily bring your car here, it will make orientation and life easier, the car crime here is not high, it is in some respects just another city. I'll put it this way if you survived Ireland you'll survive here, lol, I'm Irish.

3. Krakow is wonderful, it is a medieval city (look at a map of the centre of Krakow)
The castle on the hill with a river meandering around it and an old wall and mote encompassing a really beautiful market square, you will not be let down by the architecture. But I recommend living close to your work place for obvious reasons.

4. I think Krakow is a very safe city but like anywhere you go in life keep your wits about you and you will be fine.

Best regards,
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #16
I'll put it this way if you survived Ireland you'll survive here, lol, I'm Irish.

Hehe, thanks Sean, also for the welcoming!
I lived in Dublin not far away from Finglas and after that close to Corduff, so I did survive, or was just lucky :)

Do you live in Krakow too? Or the region? What made you move to Poland?

Kind regards
andy b 4 | 156  
25 Jul 2008 /  #17
Thanks! I would be going to work for IBM so would prefer to live in the neighbourhood there!

We have a nice flat to rent very close to the IBM office, just a few minutes walk

.property-krakow.

Alternatively, we can find you something else if you get in touch and let us know your criteria
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #18
Alternatively, we can find you something else if you get in touch and let us know your criteria

Ideal would be close to IBM a 3-bedroom flat with a garage or parking space, since we will probably share it with 2 other people...
andy b 4 | 156  
25 Jul 2008 /  #19
We do currently have some 3-bedroom flats at the moment, though in general, large flats are not common in Krakow and hard to find. Also hard to find 3-bedrooms AND a garage.

Please send an email to offfice AT property-krakow.com and we will send you some details.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
25 Jul 2008 /  #20
try this company I have used them a couple of times when staying in Krakow - they may do longer lets.

Have fun it's a lovely 'safe' city.

sodispar.com
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
25 Jul 2008 /  #21
Do you live in Krakow too? Or the region? What made you move to Poland?

Hi, again, yes I live south of Krakow up the mountains, you must come and see the mountains, it is only about an hour and a half drive from Krakow and you can get a bus for a couple of Euro. I used to live in Krakow for two years 6 years ago and I still work here now and again.

I came here the first time, quite by chance. I basically did a teaching English course in Dublin on my way to Japan and a Polish lady asked me to come work for her here in Krakow, she paid for my flights, hooked me up with accommodation the lot really, I never did make it to Japan..... yet..... ha ha ha
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #22
Śródmieście, Krowodrza...

welcome and have fun...

Thanks Polishgirl, nice thing to say :-)
zion 16 | 168  
25 Jul 2008 /  #23
How much is IBM paying this days ? and what will you do there?
OP dxx 12 | 108  
25 Jul 2008 /  #24
Zion, I will be responsible for disputes, and won't reveal salary but it's 5000pln + nett a month, so could be worse...
zion 16 | 168  
26 Jul 2008 /  #25
5000pln + nett a month,

that is alright are they pay for your housing or not ?

anyway good look in krakow I live here also and I am looking for flat mates so if you fancy sharing let me know
OP dxx 12 | 108  
26 Jul 2008 /  #26
I wouldn't mind sharing at all...
Told my parents yesterday the decision was final and they did not support it at all and told me it was a bad idea etc... An extra thing to get over :)
Wroclaw Boy  
26 Jul 2008 /  #27
I will be responsible for disputes

Youre going to be a very very busy boy then.
OP dxx 12 | 108  
26 Jul 2008 /  #28
I wouldn't mind being busy, but it's for dutch customers, they don't complain that much ;)
Wroclaw Boy  
26 Jul 2008 /  #29
they don't complain that much

Happy days
OP dxx 12 | 108  
26 Jul 2008 /  #30
Another question I had, where somebody can maybe help me with:

If I bring my car:

- Do I need to register it to Polish plates?
- If yes, howlong can I drive with my Belgian plates?
- Do I have to insure it in Poland?
- Howmuch are insurances in Poland (1.9 TDI engine)

Thanks!

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